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Columnist Graham Averill rounded up his favorite headlamps back in 2017, and some models on his list still hold up today, like the 280-lumen Inova STS. Averill liked its “swipe-to-shine interface that works just like your iPhone: slide your finger across the top of the headlamp to…

There's romance in practicality—as long the present arrives on time

We featured the BioLite 330 as one of our top choice headlamps in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. Unlike other angler-fish style lamps, the 330’s light lays flush across your forehead. Plus, the light includes a rechargeable battery in the back.

It's an upgrade on my previous favorite, the Iota, and my new go-to for backpacking and trail running

From tech gadgets to apparel upgrades, some of our best-reviewed gear make great presents.

In an excerpt from her new book, 'Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear,' Outside correspondent Eva Holland is paralyzed by fear while hiking down from an ice climb. The experience catalyzes a quest to understand and overcome her acrophobia.

We included this headlamp in our roundup of the best lights of 2017. The Reactik+ connects to your phone via bluetooth, and the accompanying app lets you adjust brightness for battery life and activity. It’s rechargeable, and self-regulates lumen output based on your surroundings.

This headlamp was our top pick for running in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide because of its five lighting modes. We did note the Halo Fire is bulkier than other designs, but the straps cinch tightly to your head to avoid too much bounce.

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The Astro is our Gear Guy’s favorite budget headlamp. It’s dimmable, has a strobe function, a lock mode, and the battery lasts 20 hours on the highest setting. “The Astro is the best headlamp for most people, most of the time,” he wrote.

We cover the necessities, plus a few extras and friendly pointers

Busting people for their style miscues is a beloved pastime in outdoor communities. But in the Instagram era, the practice has us sadly all dressing the same.

You don't need to spend a fortune to get a bright light with good features. Here are our top picks under $20.

Weighing less than two ounces, the Bindi is perfect for anyone who wants an ultralight solution for pre-dawn or post-sundown winter runs.

Embracing fringe season means preparing for everything

Skip the crowds in Yosemite Valley and head for higher ground in Tuolumne Meadows

See and be seen on evening runs, rides, and hikes

Headlamps and torches to light the way

Headlamps are underrated yet vital gear for living on the road

From $25 to $200, these three lights rose to the top of our testing

From Yucca Productions and Black Crows Skis Nocta features skiers Bruno Compagnet and Layla Jean Kerley as the shred night laps illuminated by headlamp. 

Improved technology means you don't have to spend a lot to get a great light

A fire starter that's very nearly windproof and works almost anywhere, anytime

Because no one wants to be left in the dark

The thing is tiny, reliable, and could very well save your ass

Still don't know what to get dad? We've got you covered.

The technology behind these camp essentials recently got a lot better. Time to upgrade.

Five innovative, affordable products coming out next winter

5 cool new products from Outdoor Retailer that won't break the bank

From a supercharged light for a GoPro to a bike light that actually keeps you safer, these are our nine favorite little things for the gadget geek in your life.

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